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Jewish Thought, Jewish Literature, Jewish Politics:

A Tikvah Summer Seminar for University Students   |   New York City   |   August 3—7, 2015

Program Overview

Who Should Apply?

    • Current college students interested in moral, social, political, or strategic thought.
    • Jews of all backgrounds and denominations, ideas and persuasions, who are committed to serious inquiry, moral discourse, and the future of American Judaism.

Applications are closed

The Tikvah Summer Seminar for University Students offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sources and dilemmas of modern Jewish life. Guided by master teachers, students will participate in intimate class discussions and attend exclusive panels and lectures that probe the intellectual achievements of modern Jewish philosophy, explore the social and moral wisdom of Hebrew and Yiddish literature, and relive the Zionist statesmanship that brought about the founding of the State of Israel.

Students will live together in New York City during the week of August 3-7. In addition to assuming the costs of tuition, lodging, and meals, the Tikvah Fund is able to offer a $750 stipend to American and Canadian participants, and $1,500 for other international participants. This program is not designed for Israeli students, who are encouraged to apply to the Tikvah Israel Summer Student Seminars.


Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings: Your Day at Tikvah

Mornings, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Students will choose one of two possible elective seminars for the week. Following breakfast each day, students will either study modern Jewish philosophy in Professor Batnitzky’s seminar, Is Judaism a Religion?, or they will read modern Jewish literature with acclaimed novelist Dara Horn in order to understand Sex, Love, and the Family.

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Afternoons, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Following lunch with your instructors and fellow students, the seminar as a whole will gather to study Zionist statesmanship with Shalem College Vice-President Daniel Gordis. Here we will see the predicaments, arguments, and tensions that characterize the history of Jewish political thought play out in the concrete history of the founding of the Jewish State. What moved David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin to oppose one another, and what sustained their rival visions for Jewish freedom in the reborn Jewish homeland?


Evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

After dinner, students will either attend world-class lectures from visiting guests, hear panel discussions with seminar faculty members and leading thinkers, go out to a cultural event in New York, or enjoy the fellowship of their colleagues as they prepare for the next day’s readings back at the hotel.


Essential Details

  • The entire program will be conducted with respect for Jewish observance, including Kosher meals to the highest standards.
  • North American students are eligible for a $750 stipend. Students from elsewhere in the diaspora are eligible for $1,500 stipend. This seminar is not currently accepting Israeli students, who are encouraged to apply to the Tikvah Israel Summer Student Seminars.
  • The seminar will take place at the Tikvah Center in the heart of New York City (165 E. 56th Street).
  • Applications are now closed.
  • For more information contact info@tikvahcollege.org.